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Keystone Pipeline: Holding America's Health Hostage to Oil?

December 24, 2011
Washington, District of Columbia

President Obama, in signing the extended payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, has been forced to decide within 60 days whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.  The proposed pipeline would run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. where the tar sands oil would be refined and exported.

The pipeline would threaten health and the environment, in the U.S. and Canada.  Extraction of tar sands destroys forests, depletes and contaminates water, and is energy-intensive.  The proposed pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil across 1,700 miles of American heartland, extends the threat of oil spills that would contaminate land and water.  Refining of the toxic, viscous tar sands would import pollution from Canada to the U.S.

And the whole project deepens world reliance on fossil fuels, thus greatly increasing the threat of irreversible climate change.

Tell the President that the pipeline is a one-way street to greater oil dependence, more air and water pollution, and a grim future of intensifying climate chaos.

Tar Sands Pipeline Protest at the White House
November 6, 2011
Washington, DC

PSR was part of the human chain that encircled the White House on Sunday urging President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone pipeline that would carry tar sands oil across 1,700 miles of American heartland, extending the threat of oil spills and increasing world reliance on fossil fuels, thus greatly increasing the threat of irreversible climate change.

The Keystone XL is a pipeline proposed to be built from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.  If approved by the Obama Administration, it would bring as much as 900,000 barrels per day of costly and polluting tar sands oil across the American heartland to Texas for export. 

This would increase the world’s dependence on oil – gravely increasing the danger of catastrophic climate change.  Keystone XL would be the greenhouse gas equivalent of constructing 4 new coal-fired power plants every year, as long as the pipeline operates.

From the danger of toxic oil spills to the specter of irreversible climate change, the proposed pipeline is an unacceptable idea.

Take action!  Tell President Obama to reject the pipeline. Call the President and express your opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline:  202-456-1111.

PSR featured in news reports of the protest:

Pipeline protesters encircle the White House
November 6, 2011
"Worst of all about the pipeline is it will deepen our dependency on oil, contributing to ever-worsening climate chaos," said Peter Wilk, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Keystone XL Pipeline Protest At The White House
November 7, 2011
PSR Board President Dr. John Rachow, a native Nebraskan and physician in Iowa, is featured talking about the impact of the pipeline on Nebraska.
 Huffington Post




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